The Espresso Martini is the best of both worlds - the perfect combo of caffeine & alcohol!
It was reported that a young lady asked the late Dick Bradsell for a drink that will "wake me up, and then f*** me up", thus inspiring the Espresso Martini.
As with any vodka martini, the quality of the vodka used will affect your drink. But there’s no need to go crazy and get top grade, just make sure it tastes good. Here at DOOR XXV, we use Haku Vodka, a premium Japanese craft vodka from the House of Suntory.
We use Kahlua for the coffee liqueur because Baileys gets Irish Coffee. Just kidding, it’s because we think it blends better with vodka. Plus, it is just what the classic recipe calls for.
And since we are not spending excessively on the alcohol, we put the money into good quality espresso and in this case, we use the Ristretto Intenso from Nespresso.
So all you need is a vodka that you enjoy, Kahlua and a good quality espresso. If you don’t feel like making it, or perhaps you’d like your first one to be magical, go ahead and order an RTD from us.
But if you are keen to try it out, here is the recipe which you can follow to make one at home and knock yourself out:
- 30ml Haku Vodka
- 30ml Kahlua
- 30ml Espresso (make sure you cool it down before mixing it)
You will need:
- Cocktail Shaker (or any airtight jar / bottle with a wide opening)
- Martini Glass (or any fancy glass)
- Ice to fill your cocktail shaker
- Jigger (or a tablespoon since it measures 15ml / measuring spoon)
It is fairly easy to make one, here are the steps:
- Add all your ingredients into the cocktail shaker
- Fill the shaker with ice
- Put the lid on and shake for approx 30s
- Strain the mixture out into the glass
The classic recipe calls for coffee beans as garnish, but you feel free to omit this if you do not have any lying around (who has coffee beans lying around at home, anyways).
A well shaken Espresso Martini will have a good layer of top creme for those instagram-worthy moments. If you did not have that, throw it back into the shaker and give it another good hard shake for 30s, in a up down motion, ensuring the liquid travels from the bottom of the shaker to the top of the shaker (parents get it...).
Booms, there you have it! Enjoy